Category Archives: Churchill Manitoba

Polar Bear Blog – Ice and More Ice

Northwest winds are still the order of the day and the ice is stretching pretty far out onto the bay. Only two days ago, there was relatively no shore ice and the Churchill River was showing little signs of freezing. Today, the river is locked in, frozen up for good and the grease ice along the shore of Hudson Bay has already changed to pancake ice and that pancake has frozen together. In english, that means freeze-up is very close, folks… Today, we filmed the shore ice and filmed polar bears walking out on the ice, … Continue Reading ››

Polar Bear Blog – Stars Are Born

Driving around filming today, chasing Polar Bear Alert as usual. This morning turned out great, we drove through back alleys and side roads full of snow, checked polar bear traps and finally found a bear in one trap by L5 our recycling centre. This was a bonus because Manitoba Conservation has only handled 22 or 23 bears this year, only 12 are in the jail right now, usually the jail would be full and bears would be flown out every few days. This is only about a quarter of the usual encounters, could be that … Continue Reading ››

Polar Bear Blog – The Jokes On You

This could be just as good as Pat Broe’s honourary degree… Looks like there’s no polar bear cam this year, it was bad enough that it was going to start on November 10th (???) but now the swindle is complete folks… This is from the National Geographic site… Unfortunately, we will not be able to bring you WildCam Polar Bears live this year. Our partners at Polar Bears International and Wildlife HD, who provided the live stream in the past, wanted to try something new to get the word out about the plight of the polar … Continue Reading ››

Polar Bear Blog – The Non-Bear Season

Back in the saddle again, the film crew is in and just (almost) in time for a ‘polar bear lift’, not so much a local strongman contest as a relocation of polar bears north of Churchill by helicopter. In the hopes of continuing the bears natural northern ‘migration’, some bears get flown north to the area around North Knife River or Seal River and released. Its a pretty expensive project with the sole intention of preventing polar bear mortalities (and humans too, I suppose) around Churchill. This year continues to be pretty quiet in town, no … Continue Reading ››

Polar Bear Blog – More Bears and More Snow

While its a beautiful sunny day right now, probably hovering around -2 or so, there’s another blizzard headed our way, more north winds and unbelievably more snow. This is a good and a bad thing. The north winds should push the ice back onto the coast, bringing the bears a little closer but hopefully not too close to their seal hunting season. More snow means that it will take a little longer for the tundra to freeze up, meaning a tougher time for snowmobile and tundra buggy travel but probably better insulation for arctic plants. More … Continue Reading ››

Polar Bear Blog – Good Ol’ Blizzard

Two full days of snow – something like 17cm in 24 hours… and still going, except that now the wind has switched to the northwest and we have a full-on blizzard – a pre-Halloween blizzard no less… There’s really only one bear season in the past ten years that I remember more snow than this one, maybe 2001 or 02 or something like that… I could be wrong… More bears coming in, three sets of mothers with this year’s cubs added to the three or four families already around. Sounds like five big males are hanging … Continue Reading ››